What is Radon Testing and is it Important?

Has your home ever received radon testing? If you answered no, radon may be currently flowing throughout your home and putting you and your family in danger. Let the professionals at Envirotech Pros make sure that your home is radon free!

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that forms naturally from the decay of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It cant be seen, smelled, or tasted. Radon can enter your home through cracks in the foundation, wall joints, gaps around pipes and wiring, or other openings. Once inside your home, it can accumulate to high levels if not properly mitigated.

Is radon harmful?

Yes! Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Its estimated that radiation from radon causes 21000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States alone! Thats why its important to test for radon levels in your home and take corrective action if necessary.

How is radon testing done?

There are two common methods for measuring indoor radon levels: shortterm tests and longterm tests. Shortterm tests typically last 2 to 7 days while longterm tests last from 3 months to 1 year. There are also passive devices that measure cumulative exposure over time. Whichever type of test you choose, it should be accredited by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) or another independent certifying body. You can also buy doityourself test kits at most hardware stores.

Once you have a test result, you will need to interpret it using EPA‘s risk assessment table below:

The average American has a 2 chance out of 1000 (0.2%) of developing lung cancer due to exposure to an annual average concentration of 4 pCi/L of indoor air radon over their lifetime A person who smokes has a 25 chance out Of 1000 (2.5%)of developing lung cancer due to exposure to an annual average concentration of 4 pCi/L of indoor air radon over their lifetime.

If you are unsure about what these numbers mean for you, please contact us so we can help translate them into real-world risks. Envirotech Pros offers both shortterm and long-term radon testing services as well as passive devices. Don’t take the risk of not knowing, give us a call at 

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